A team of teachers/scientists from Ukraine and Germany received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to support the education of Ukrainian students during the war. The head of the project is Professor Olga Harashchuk (Institute of Physiology, University of Tübingen, Germany). The co-leader from the Ukrainian side is Professor Volodymyr Lushchak, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (PNU).
The project includes two intensive online courses “Integrated Life Sciences Course” and “Bioinformatics”.
The online course “Integrated Life Sciences Course” includes lectures and seminars on biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, physiology, the basics of microscopy, and instrumental methods in biology. The course is designed for 150 hours (5 credits), which can be credited to students according to their main place of study. The universities of Kherson, Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Ivano-Frankivsk have already confirmed their agreement to enroll credits for the completion of this course for undergraduate students of biological specialties.
The course will be taught by a team of teachers and scientists from Germany and Ukraine (PNU, Odesa, Lviv and Dnipro national universities), each of whom is a specialist in his/her subject and actively engaged in scientific activities at the high world level.
The course is designed for undergraduate students of biological specialties of any level of training, that is, it is open to registration of undergraduates of any course. After successfully passing the online exam based on the course materials, students will be issued appropriate certificates. A stipend of 600 euros will be paid to successful students of the course, as well as to students severely affected by the war.
This course will allow students not only to gain a systematic view of the relationships between various biological sciences and to close gaps in knowledge of individual subjects. Its main value is that students will have the opportunity to communicate with teachers working in different universities of Ukraine and the EU, and to better understand what is important for the successful continuation of studies and the career of a biologist.
– Start of training on 10.09.2022. Registration will take place online. Details later.
A separate course “Bioinformatics” is also offered – this is a relatively new discipline that teaches people to process large arrays of data obtained by DNA sequence analysis or mass spectroscopy. It is gaining more and more development in the world and is not taught at a sufficient level in all universities in Ukraine. The bioinformatics course will be especially useful for students who plan to change universities for master’s and postgraduate studies. Therefore, registration for it is open to both masters and bachelors. The duration of the course is 6 weeks (30 hours, 1 ECTS). After successfully passing the online exam based on the course materials, students will be issued appropriate certificates. A stipend of 200 euros will be paid to successful students of the course, as well as to students severely affected by the war.
Students can register for both courses, but the scholarship will be paid for only one.